Grottes de Bétharram

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Sunday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm

Opens at 09:00 am

Opening hours subject to change depending on the health context

Useful information

Location : Mountain

Province : Pays de Nay

Services

  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • Credit card accepted
  • Disable access
  • Dutch spoken
  • English spoken
  • Entertainment
  • German spoken
  • Groceries shop/ Food
  • Groups
  • Parking
  • Seminar Room
  • Spanish spoken
  • English
    • The visited part of the caves covers 2.8 km with an impressive drop of 80 m. The underground course of the river is 3.5 km.

      The visitor enters the mountain through a natural opening: the upper part includes large rooms rich in concretions. The chasm connects this floor to that of the river. The lower part follows a natural fault, witness to the work of water.

      The visitor exits through an artificial tunnel dug from 1913 to 1924.

      The Bétharram Caves are located in two departments : one enters through the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and comes out through the Hautes-Pyrénées.

      Currently, visitors are welcomed on a large shaded car park with 500 spaces for passenger cars. A shuttle bus then takes them to the entrance to the caves located 2 km above.

      The Bétharram Caves are also a unique place. Open to the public in 1903, they offer a great diversity which makes it an essential place. Explore the interior beauty of the mountain and discover this series of caves on foot, by boat and by small train !

      After making the visit, the little train that transports them stops in front of a magnificent building built in 1924, one of the very first in France in reinforced concrete.

      In this hall, souvenirs, minerals, fossils and postcards are offered to the visitor.

      The underground circuit ends near the car and coach parking lot.

      OPENING DATES AND TIMES :

      February 11 to March 24

      • Monday to Thursday : visits at 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
      • Friday : visit at 2:30 p.m.
      Groups by reservation Monday to Friday

      from March 25 to October 30

      • Open 7 days a week 7 with departures from regular visits
      • Open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (5 p.m. in September and October)

      July and August : continuous opening from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      Duration of the visit : 1h20

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Traveller Reviews Grottes de Bétharram

4.5 sur 5 3994 reviews

  • Vanessa van Lelyveld

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Vanessa van Lelyveld on 08/09/2021

    Lovely experience. Very nice tour through the caves with a guide that went out of his way to include us English speakers in every step. The only critique would be their bathrooms at the waiting area was particularly smelly and the waiting area could do with a good cleaning. The tour itself was very nice though. All in all a nice experience.

  • George Hulm

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by George Hulm on 04/08/2021

    Two visits to Grottes de Bétharram! Beautiful formations in massive caverns. The first visit in autumn was perfect, small groups, short wait times! The visit in Summer had a wait of over 3 hours (we were told 2). We also had to stop several times to wait for the group in front to progress whilst in the caves. I would still recommend visiting, but towards the end of the day or early in the morning before the crowds of midday arrive. If you do come at midday, bring a picnic to eat in the que!

  • Steve Inskip

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Steve Inskip on 01/08/2021

    Very good tour of the caves with walking, boat and train. Caves are very interesting and the visit informative. Well worth it!

Traveller Reviews Grottes de Bétharram

4.0 sur 5 1017 reviews

  • "Visit with the family"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by BiarritzTaxi (Biarritz, France) on 15/12/2020

    My kids are particularly interested in trains so had to visit this cave just to experience the underground boat and train ride. The train is actually based on a rollercoaster and the boat moves along...

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  • "Lourdes 2019"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by ed M on 22/10/2019

    Nice place to visit close to the Sanctuaries. Stalactites and stalagmites plus an interesting train ride and a very short boat ride.

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  • "Worthwhile visit"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Trip27460 on 12/09/2019

    This was a really interesting place to visit, charming really and must have been a wonder during Victorian days when it opened. Would definately recommend visiting early to avoid the queues (we were...

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Address

Chemin Léon Ross
65270 Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre

GPS coordinates

43° 6'6.29"N, 0° 11'12.94"W

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